‘Terrible start for Broncos men,says coach’

by Patrick O’Meara Hume Leader. HUME City Broncos coach Norm Ackland needed just one word to sum up his Big V Championship men’s side’s season opener – “terrible.” The Broncos,

by Patrick O’Meara Hume Leader.

HUME City Broncos coach Norm Ackland needed just one word to sum up his Big V Championship men’s side’s season opener – “terrible.”

The Broncos, without skipper Russell McIntosh, who was nursing an ankle injury, fell to the Bulleen Boomers 76-66 on the road on Saturday night.

Ackland said it was a disappointing effort first-up from his charges.

“It was a very poor team effort,” he said.

“We seemed to lack some spark and we just couldn’t make any baskets.”

Things had appeared to be going well for the Broncos at the final change, leading 53-46, but a horror final quarter saw the whole complexion of the match swing with the Boomers outscoring the Broncos 25-13.

Ackland said the Broncos’ first three quarters had been the only positives to take from the game.

“We played three quarters of OK basketball,” he said.

“We just fell away in the last quarter, and I am still trying to work out why that was to be honest.”

Debutant Jamal Brown, a former Ballarat and Geelong star re Leg 3 cruited from the SEABL, enjoyed a solid debut, notching 15 points and 10 rebounds.

But Ackland said the Broncos would expect even more from Brown.

“It was probably a quiet game by his standards,” he said.

“He was OK, but we’ll expect more from him in the next couple of weeks.”

The Broncos face a double-header this weekend, hosting Melbourne on Saturday (8pm) and travelling to Diamond Valley on Sunday (3pm).

Ackland said he was hopeful his captain McIntosh would return to boost the side.

The Broncos women’s side faced Bulleen Boomers on Sunday, with the result not available at deadline.

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